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Ascent of University Peak on 2002-08-22

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Thursday, August 22, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:University Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13589 ft / 4141 m

Ascent Trip Report

University peak can be climbed in a day hike from the Onion Valley Trailhead which is 13 miles west of the town of Independence. From the parking area walk south into the campground parking lot and head east on a wide trail that goes by several campsites and crosses a stream. The trail makes one switchback and climbs south up toward Robinson Lake. The trail fades away on the east side of the lake. Continue on slabs and talus up to a higher bowl. Move to the west side where there are some sandy use trails. Start up the slopes toward the ridge northeast of the peak at a point with UTM of: 378968E, 4067726N (NAD27) at about 12,550 feet. There is a distinct notch in the ridge to the right of a prominent pinnacle which you want to head for. The notch is at UTM: 378668E, 4067769N at an elevation of 13,350 feet. From the notch descend slightly and make your way west to the summit which requires some 3rd class scrambling. This route required 5 hours to the summit and is about 3 miles one-way with a gain of 4600 feet. The descent is faster in the sand and should take about 3 hours. 8/02 RLC
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